Originally Posted by ymfarhi
Question: I'm getting the Audio Technica ATH-M50 for my long bus rides to school next year. Now I know MKBHD says that the sound quality is good enough that you don't need an amp, but I suspect that the Apollo music player on my Cyanogen mod Galaxy S2 isn't giving me the best sound, maybe screwing up the EQ or something. Is it something to consider before buying? Is it worth buying a new music player or an amp? Thanks.
P.S. I've heard these don't have the best noise cancelers, true? If so, are there headphones in that price range with as good sound and better noise cancelers?
It might be possible(?) to boost the headphone output on your Galaxy S2.
I'm just not knowledgeable enough to know which smart phones can have the headphone output boosted.
I'm guessing the smart phone makers might hold back power to the headphone amplifier to make the battery charge last longer.
Might check around the Cyanogen website forum.
You can easily daisy chain a FiiO E11 ($60) portable headphone amplifier to the Galaxy S2.
A Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip audio player (4GB $38 to $48) should be able to drive the ATH-M50s.
You can add Micro-SDHC memory to the Clip Zip.
And use the Rockbox firmware with the Clip Zip.
A Takstar Pro 80 (Gemini HSR-1000) should offer just as good sound quality as the ATH-M50, but only costs around $75.
Might also check out the JVC HA-S680 folding headphones, (eBay, $75).